April 10, 2012
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- For the second week in a row, the Tennessee track & field teams will be in action at Tom Black Track at LaPorte Stadium. The 46th-annual Sea Ray Relays will get underway Wednesday afternoon and run through Saturday on the UT campus, featuring the all-new Sea Ray Showcase on the final day.
Originally known as the Dogwood Relays, the meet has been held every year since 1967 and recently has featured a field of between 800 and 1000 athletes from schools and affiliations throughout the South, Midwest and Northeast.
While Tennessee has no one competing in the women's heptathlon or men's Scott Hartman Decathlon, those events get the meet started on Wednesday at 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m., respectively, with 15 entrants in each. Day two of the decathlon resumes at noon on Thursday, while the final three events of the heptathlon begin at 1 p.m. The home team's first entries of the meet will appear on Thursday evening, as the only other event of day two, the women's hammer throw, is contested at 5 p.m.
Friday's full day of action gets underway at 12:15 p.m. with the first of nine field events. Running events begin at 12:35 p.m. and include sprints, hurdles, steeplechases and an evening of distance running that ends with the men's 10,000 meters at 8:15 p.m.
Saturday's slate features the brand new Sea Ray Showcase, which features a two-hour window that includes only the top men's and women's heats and sections for nine different events. Taking place during the Sea Ray Showcase from noon to 2 p.m. will be the 200m, 1500m, 800m, 400m hurdles, 400m and 100m as well as the distance medley, 4x100m and 4x400m relays. On the infield, the women's invitational discus, men's high jump, men's and women's long jump and women's javelin will be underway.
Tennessee's seniors also will be recognized on the track during a brief ceremony at 1:45 p.m. during the Sea Ray Showcase. In addition to the showcase events, a full slate of field events will be taking place on Saturday, beginning with the men's hammer throw at 8:45 a.m. Immediately after the showcase, the meet climaxes with a bevy of relay races, running from 2:10 to 5:45 p.m.
Admission for the 46th-annual Sea Ray Relays is free. Parking will be limited on campus from Wednesday to Friday, but Saturday should offer a better selection of spots with fewer students on campus.
To access the meet schedule and additional information about the Sea Ray Relays, including links to live results and live video streams that begin at noon on Friday and Saturday, please go to the track & field website at www.utsports.com and click on the "Home Meets" tab.